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October 30th, 2014

This article was first published by eJewish Philanthropy.

Turning upside-down the stereotypical image of religious givers whose primary philanthropic concern is their own faith group, a new report released by Jumpstart reveals that charitable givers with deep connections to faith traditions are less in-group-focused than donors with looser ties.

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October 21st, 2014

We are excited to welcome Kate as our new Program Associate in the Atlanta, GA office! Learn more about Kate here.

1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation.

As a BBYO, Hillel, Challah for Hunger and JDC Entwine alum, I have learned firsthand the broad scope of the Foundation’s network. I am so excited to be joining a team whose work has influenced my life and who’s truly important mission will continue to motivate me each and every day.

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October 19th, 2014

Lynn Schusterman is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This article first appeared on eJewish Philanthropy.

Over the past month, we have celebrated the start to the Jewish new year and the series of holidays that includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. This year, I find myself even more reflective than usual, following a summer of great pain and turmoil and in the face of ongoing global challenges.

What I have always loved about these holidays is that while they invite intensely personal moments of reflection and atonement, we are expected to celebrate them as a community. Together, we are reminded of the fragility of life. Together we are reminded of all for which we must be thankful. Together we are reminded of how we, as individuals and as a community, can resolve to do better.

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October 14th, 2014

This story comes to us from Challah for Hunger, a not-for profit organization with 70+ active chapters around the globe, mostly based on university campuses, that bakes and sells challah bread and uses the proceeds to support social justice causes.  

Challah for Hunger is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is, among others, honoring Caryn Roth as a “challah baker and change maker” for her work founding the UCLA chapter and advising other chapters. The celebration will take place October 25-26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and tickets visit: http://challah10.splashthat.com/

Caryn is a data scientist at Zipongo, a digital health company in San Francisco that makes it easy to eat well, even chocolate chip challah.

Bacon Challah? No, that’s not a typo.

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September 22nd, 2014

Adam Simon is the Director of Leadership Initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This article first appeared in JTA.

I recently attended a farewell party for someone switching jobs from one Jewish organization to another. Among many accolades, one person giving a toast said, “While we are sorry to lose him, at least he is still committed to working in the Jewish world.”

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September 22nd, 2014

This story comes to us from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, dedicated to creating opportunities for Birthright Israel alumni to continue to experience the best of their trip even after they have returned. This post is written by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Ari Weiss. Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is the co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Rabbi Ari Weiss is the senior director of Jewish education for NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

This article was first published in eJewish Philanthropy.

For many, the High Holidays represent a fresh start. With all of our community’s services, celebrations, learning retreats and dinners happening over the next few weeks, this season is an ideal opportunity to involve young adults in meaningful Jewish experiences, and to lay the foundation for their year-round engagement in Jewish life.

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September 11th, 2014

This story comes to us from REALITY, a Schusterman initiative and a values-based leadership program that invests in young professionals, empowering them to enact positive social change in their communities.

Debra Feinberg is a 2014 REALITY Leadership participant and a recent alumna of Teach for America. Her two years in the Charlotte Corps were met with great success, most notably, creating an innovative financial literacy curriculum that culminated in leading a team of students to pitch a business proposal to the billionaire tycoon Warren Buffett. Presently, Debra is combining her passion for social justice and travel by participating in education initiatives around the world.

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August 28th, 2014

This story comes to us from Challah for Hunger, a not-for profit organization with over 60 active chapters around the globe, mostly based on university campuses, that bakes and sells challah bread and uses the proceeds to support social justice causes.  

Sapir Nachum is a fourth year student at the University of Virginia and is currently president of Challah for Hunger at UVA. Sapir recently served as a member of the Partnership Committee to select a national partner for Challah for Hunger.

At 2:00AM Israel time, I tuned in to our Partnership Committee’s first video conference. While there are few things that can usually keep me up this late, Challah for Hunger has been a huge part of my college experience and not even the late hour could deter me from working with other Challah enthusiasts to shape the future of our organization. Specifically, our committee was tasked with looking for a new national partner for Challah for Hunger.

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August 21st, 2014

This story comes to us from BBYO, the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO has provided identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.

Hayley Krolik is a rising junior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. She has been a proud member of BBYO for over two years and recently returned from BBYO’s International Kallah, a program dedicated to helping members discover their Jewish identity.

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August 14th, 2014

We are excited to welcome Rella as our new Program Officer in the Washington, DC office! Learn more about Rella here.

1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation.

So many things! As a former campus Hillel president and a Kivun alum, I know firsthand that the Foundation funds incredible work that connects and engages young Jews and materially supports tikkun olam (repairing the world).

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